Shakespeare Quotes – Famous quotes by William Shakespeare


Find all the quotes by Shakespeare in one place. William Shakespeare was an English writer, poet, and actor; born on 26th April 1564; his father was an affluent businessman, and his mother was a daughter of a landowner. He is considered to be one of the most famous romantic writers of all time. Some of his plays include Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, etc. Let’s see all the funny and famous Shakespeare quotes.

Quotes by William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

You speak an infinite deal of nothing.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Though she be but little, she is fierce.

Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream.

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

All’s well that ends well.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

There is no darkness but ignorance.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

This is very midsummer madness.

All that glisters is not gold.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.

If music be the food of love play on.

Beware the Ides of March.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honor, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

Lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

He doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

The golden age is before us, not behind us.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

An overflow of good converts to bad.

I will praise any man that will praise me.

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

The attempt and not the deed confounds us.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

They do not love that do not show their love.

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.

Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win by fearing to attempt.

‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

What is past is prologue.

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.

O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!

In time we hate that which we often fear.

I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

About Willian Shakespeare

There have been many writers whose plays and stories have been influential; however, the work of Shakespeare has crossed all boundaries and his work has been studied and appreciated across the globe. His innate ability to use words, write stories that are compelling, convincing and imaginatively stimulating has made him one of the most famous writers of all time.

Childhood and Education

William Shakespeare born 26th April 1564; was an English poet and playwright. Also known by the byname of Bard of Avon or Swan of Avon; he was the third child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden; he had two elder sisters Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. His father became a successful businessman and also held the official positions as alderman and bailiff, an office resembling a mayor

There isn’t much information available about him or his family growing up, and no information whatsoever is available about his education. However, scholars and historians have concluded that most likely he must have attended King’s New School, in Stratford, which was known for teaching reading and writing of the classics. Also, being the child of a public official, he could have qualified for free tuition.

Married Life

He married Anne Hathaway on the 28th of Nov, 1582; she was much older than him; it is stated by some records that she was almost 26 years old when she married the 18-year-old Shakespeare. She was pregnant at the time of their wedding and their first child; a girl was born on May 26, 1583. After two years, their twins Hamnet and Judith were born; however, Hamnet tragically passed away at the age of 11.

Career in the theatre

The very first reference of Shakespeares Theater reference from London arrives in 1592, when a dramatist, Robert Greene, quoted in a pamphlet written on his deathbed:

“There is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and, being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.”

The exact interpretation of these words is difficult to infer. However, they are derogatory and make fun of Shakespeare. Eventually, when the book was published after Greene’s death; after which one of their mutual acquaintance gave out a public apology, stating that he is extraordinary. The aforementioned is where his work came to be noticed from for the very first time. Even though he has garnered the appreciation of many, he caught special attention of Henry Wriothesley The 3rd earl of Southampton; this was the nobleman to whom his first published poems were dedicated.

Another striking piece of evidence was that came from Lord Chamberlain’s company of players, which called the King’s Men after the accession of James I in 1603. They had various awards such as the best actor, the best theatre and the best dramatist, which was awarded to Richard Burbage, the Globe, and Shakespeare respectively. There is no record as to how his professional life molded, but we all know he had dedicated and devoted 20 years of his experience to this art are wrote various plays during this time, and his work is still acted, quoted and read to date. His books are still relevant because they are romantic, yet funny; talk about love, life, pain, grief and scandal. His best selling and famous books include Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Othello, etc.

Private life

Letters written by Shakespeare have not survived. However, there was one letter that was examined during an official transaction in the town of Stratford; which has now been preserved. One Richard Quinney wrote it and addressed by him one side of the paper is inscribed: “To my loving good friend and countryman, Mr. Wm. Shakespeare, deliver these.” Quinney thought his fellow Stratfordian a person to whom he could ask for a loan of £30. It is of some interest, moreover, that 18 years later Quiney’s son Thomas became the husband of Judith, Shakespeare’s second daughter.

Shakespeare’s will dated March 25, 1616, is a long and detailed document; which spoke to assign his property on the male heirs of his elder daughter, Susanna. Postscript quotes, he left his “second-best bed” to his wife; no one can be sure what it actually means. It is to be noted that shaky hands had written this will and he died on April 23, 1616. No names have been inscribed on his gravestone. However, a quote has been written, believed to be one of his own: “Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, and cursed be he that moves my bones.”

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